YourABA November 2011 Masthead

Your ABA December 2011

iPad for lawyers: Practice law; tips and tricks; more
Nearly 25 million iPads were sold last year, and a growing number of lawyers are using the tablet device in the workplace. Technologist Tom Mighell shows lawyers the features, tricks and apps that can help take the iPad from the living room to the courtroom.
The best productivy, legal-specific apps available >>

The ABA Midyear Meeting attracted more than 4,500 attendees to New Orleans. Meeting coverage is available in the Midyear special edition of YourABA, as well as on

Cloud risks: Technology use tests the attorney-client privilege
Maintaining attorney-client privilege has become increasingly complicated with the rise in cloud computing, social media and the use of mobile devices, according to panelists at an ABA Midyear Meeting session Feb. 3. While the technologies offer new ways for lawyers and their clients to communicate, they also pose unique problems for preserving confidentiality.
Implications of communicating via Facebook, smartphones >>

Women corporate lawyers share strategy, insight for success
A panel of women corporate lawyers told a standing-room-only audience of women attorneys at the ABA Midyear Meeting to be visible, bold and present, in order to excel in positions of leadership. Although the panelists of program said tremendous advancements have been made in the corporate world for women and minorities, there is a great deal of work still to be done.
Hiring concerns recede as retention issues remain >>

Understanding ESI concept, scope imperative to effective client representation, say ABA panelists
ESI stands for "electronically stored information," but, in effect, the "E" also means "evidence," noted Illinois lawyer discipline counsel Wendy Munchman at an ABA Midyear Meeting session Feb. 3 on e-discovery, public records and metadata.
Includes link to state ethics opinions on handling metadata >>

ABA indigent defense reform recommendations to guide Justice Department, says Attorney General Holder
Speaking at the ABA Midyear Meeting Feb. 4, Attorney General Eric Holder shared the work of an ABA focus group of criminal justice experts that will guide reform efforts of the U.S. Justice Department.
ABA report on indigent defense reform available >>

Foreclosure prevention tactics spotlighted by experts
At an ABA Midyear Meeting program Feb. 2 on foreclosure issues, a broad panel — which included a mortgage industry litigator, legal services lawyer and two affordable housing advocates — agreed despite their different backgrounds that foreclosure is a no-win situation that can be prevented in many cases.
Helpful resources provided by panelists >>

Michelle Obama praises new ABA policy on professional licensing for military spouses
At the ABA Midyear Meeting Feb. 6, the association's House of Delegates passed a resolution that encourages bar admission authorities to accommodate lawyers who must move frequently to other states because of their spouses' deployments. The new ABA policy soon got the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama.
What Obama said >>

Help, understanding critical as troops return, say ABA panelists
"The war in Iraq isn't over, it's coming home," warned Dorothy Thomas of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, during a Midyear Meeting discussion on the reintegration of veterans into the community. Panelists detailed their concerns about returning veterans who are recovering from physical and emotional traumas. The reoccurring sentiment was that cash-strapped communities will have to be innovative and think of new ways to address the complex issues facing veterans.
PTSD, other disorders complicate reintegration >>

Legal aid cuts stoke competition for public interest jobs
In a time when demand for legal aid has never been higher and funding for legal aid providers is being slashed across the country, national and local experts who have devoted their careers to law and policy for the public good shared their perspectives about careers in public interest law Feb. 3 at the ABA Midyear Meeting.
Practical advice for young lawyers >>

ABA urges defeat of anti-consent decree bill
A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, if enacted, could be the "death knell" for federal court consent decrees to which state or local governments are parties, according to the ABA, which is recommending its defeat.
More on the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act >>

New jobs posted on the ABA Job Board

Monsanto Company

St. Louis - Feb. 13

Congressional Research Service

D.C. - Feb. 9

Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing

Honolulu - Feb. 9

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Denver - Feb. 9

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Eye on Ethics

Reverse contingent fees

You are defending a client in a contract dispute where the opposing party claims he is owed $10,000 for services rendered. You are concerned that the client will not be able to pay your hourly rate to handle the matter.

Can you enter into a "reverse contingent fee" agreement whereby you will be entitled to a percentage of the money that you save the client?


Technology Translators

Implementing a case management system

With the economy still recovering, many lawyers are looking into ways to increase their efficiency and productivity. For some, implementing a case management system to organize the many activities of a law office can help achieve those goals.

Questions to ask vendors>>


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Monday, March 19
"Ethics Essentials for Successful Online Legal Marketing" Featuring Larry Bodine, senior director and editor in chief of

Monday, April 16
Mastering the Move to Legal Project Management
Featuring Pamela Woldow, general counsel, Edge International

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